Karara Mining is offering scholarships to university students who live in Western Australia’s mid-west region and want to pursue a career in the mining industry.
Under the program successful students undertaking mining-related courses such as geology, engineering, and environmental science, will be reimbursed for their study.
Karara CEO Steve Murdoch told ABC News the scholarships were part of a broader move by the company to secure local workers.
“This is just one of our programs where we are attempting to grow the depth within the mid-west to service the resources industry,” he said.
“By retaining the youth within the mid-west we form a basis for developing that infrastructure and commercial infrastructure so that our industry and others can base ourselves in the mid-west and get good service.”
The company said six students were awarded scholarships in 2011, the program’s first year, and an additional two would be awarded in 2012.
The value of the scholarship is up to $15,000 for students studying a three year degree, and $20,000 for a four year degree.
More information about the program can be found on Karara’s website.